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Buckeyes have seen best, worst of Rutgers QB Gary Nova — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The easiest way to catch the attention of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is to put up huge passing numbers against Michigan. A surefire way to get cornerbacks a little more focused for an upcoming quarterback is to put a lot of interceptions on film.

Big Ten morning links — How is it possible that half of the season is already gone? Why does it seem like time is dragging until Saturday every week? Life and football are truly mysteries. 1.

Ohio State Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett making correct run-game decisions — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is a right and wrong choice for a quarterback operating Ohio State's zone-rushing attack, and really it's not that hard to figure out which is which. As Tom Herman reviews the film or draws up something from the playbook, schematically there might be an optimal read.

Big Ten Monday mailbag — So, the streak of Monday mailbags from me leading to chaotic Saturdays ended last week at one, but I still think we should give it another test. If nothing else, it's a great way to keep the time moving until football returns in the Big Ten again.

B1G early look: Setting up Week 8 — Another weekend with four teams sitting on the couch is on tap, but there is still plenty of intrigue packed into the five Big Ten matchups slated for Saturday. With Week 7 in the books, let's peek ahead at what's in store. 1.

Big Ten Helmet Stickers: Week 7 — Honoring the best and brightest performances from Saturday's action in the Big Ten. Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: After a sluggish start by his high standards, the star running back is rolling now and could be regaining some traction as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 7 — Five observations from an interesting Saturday in the Big Ten: 1. Gophers are contenders: The wins aren't usually pretty, but it doesn't take any style points to win a conference championship.

Darrell Hazell has tangible proof of improved Purdue Boilermakers — AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles The Boilermakers had their first conference win under Darrell Hazell on Saturday. Thanks to a detour for a sideline interview, the postgame celebration had already started without Darrell Hazell.

Urban Meyer weighs in on state of the Ohio State Buckeyes — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is a weekly routine for Urban Meyer on the drive home from games on Saturdays. First the scores of his friends from around the country are rattled off to the Ohio State coach, followed by some updates in the Big Ten and, obviously, what happened to Michigan.

Big Ten morning links — Chaos or calmness this weekend? Fortunately we only have to wait two more days to find out. Until then, let's pass the time with some hot topics and the best links around for the Big Ten. 1. Undercover contender?: Maybe it's among the longest of long shots.
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Oct 20, 2014

@Evad75014 There's a huge difference, but hard to really quantify, I guess. I'm sure the players wanted to get out of the rain too.

Oct 20, 2014

@Evad75014 Weirdest sight was how empty the stadium was in the fourth quarter. Understandable with weather, blowout. Just odd to see.

Oct 20, 2014

This weekend marks the first time Larry Johnson will have ever stepped foot in the visiting locker room at Penn State.

Oct 20, 2014

@Johnsg22015 I'm starting to have a few doubts about Michigan State on defense this season. Cook has been a little shaky at times also.

Oct 20, 2014

According to Urban Meyer, the B1G's offensive player of the week didn't even grade a champion. J.T. Barrett "could have played better."

Oct 20, 2014

Urban Meyer opens his press conference by thanking the fans for the big attendance numbers this year.

Oct 20, 2014

Don't look now, but Ohio State is chipping away at Michigan State's voting lead in our latest B1G Power Rankings.

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